Re: First time singlehanding, bad things happen, the sound of breaking fiberglass, et
Thanks to the OP for sharing his challenging day and to the many who provided great advice. I cant tell you how much I learn from discussions like this and am able to avoid similar problems or at least have potential options for when they do arise.
I started using springlines more this year even in conditions that didnt warrant their use just to practice. They can be very helpful.
The most important single handed lesson I have learned is always think/plan well ahead and have your bail outs/exit considered